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It’s Mueller Time

Get a beer, sit back, try not to get drunk on all the newsy goodness.

The hits just keep coming today. In just the last half hour, we learned that acting AG Matt Whitaker is not supervising Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Rod Rosenstein is. Huh. What’s that all about? It’s got to be something interesting to deflect Trump’s mole from derailing the investigation.

Previous to that, Trump said he had no ties to Russia when he was a candidate and he wasn’t lying about that but so what if he was? He wasn’t president back then so what’s it to you?

Previous to that, the Federales raided the offices of one of Trump’s tax attorneys in Chicago.

At about the same time, they paid a visit to Deutsche Bank, the number one bank globally for money laundering.

And we started the day off with Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s business projects in Russia. (Interesting side note: I read a tweet somewhere that indicated that some WH staffers were shocked to find out that you could actually get indicted for that. Probably a lot of lawyers getting panicked phone calls this afternoon).

It’s about this time in the movie when Elliot Ness and the G-Men meet the bad guys in some public building in Chicago and the showdown begins complete with baby carriage careening dangerously down a flight of steps.

In this case, the baby has been headed for a meltdown ever since the Midterm elections. His tweets and public pronouncements are going south rapidly.

But let’s not forget that this baby doubles down when he’s being attacked. He’s going to fight this denouement with all he’s got and he’ll take everyone down with him if he can.

Is he dangerous? Um, probably. I’d take away the football and the launch codes if I were the Secret Service. We can’t have babies around dangerous things. He just might use them.

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I’ll let Man in the Hoody have the last word here:

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18 Responses

  1. Speaking of movies, I may watch “The American President” while I have that drink. I have a bottle of Costco’s prosecco that I haven’t tried yet. I’ll watch the movie, looking forward to the scene in which Richard Dreyfuss says “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

    • Love that movie.
      I’ve known Bob Rumson for years, and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it.
      Without gerrymandering and other dirty tricks, the Republicans can’t sell it because they’re peddling horse hockey.

      • Not only do I love that movie, but it led to Aaron Sorkin and “The West Wing” series, which I also loved.

        I love the quote you included from the speech Michael Douglas gives at the end of the movie.

        I believe that in order to sell the horse hockey, the Republicans have learned to wrap it up in patriotism, disguised with racism, sexism and so many other negitives and make the buyers feel virtuous by voting against the party and programs that would benefit them as well.

        My father once said that his father said that the Republican party is the party of the wealthy and he was right.

  2. What is happening? I go away for couple of days and we are calling it Mueller time?

    And… Jimmy Carter was forced to sell his peanut farm. You can’t have your business and be presidenting too (or lose it too) when you are a corrupt motherfucker already.

    • At face value, his statement makes sense (to ignorant mfers who support him, like most of his other statements) — yeah, he is a business man, what is he supposed to do? Well, presidency is the ultimate price/prize. If you run for it, you need to give up anything else that might compromise the prospect of winning it. Especially, to have negotiations with a foreign state for your business; it is a conflict, it has the potential of corruption happening. It is why the media motherfuckers tried to have Clinton shut his charity(!) down.

    • Don’t lose sight of this. It was not a regular business deal.

  3. Off topic, from Newsweek:

    Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Groin In Wal-Mart 😈 😆

    https://www.newsweek.com/arizona-man-accidentally-shoots-himself-groin-walmart-1236287?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

    Who’s the clueless hick for Trump whose sex machine’s a bloody stump?

    SHAFTLESS

    Dammmmmn riiiiiiight…

    Okay, we don’t know the man’s political preferences, but you know he’s gotta be a Trump Chump.

    Did somebody say “Darwin Award”?

    • Some jokes from my fellow degenerates on Wonkette, not guaranteed to be verbatim:

      “In this Wal-Mart, the Meat Department is where a man departs from his meat.”

      “He could have gone to DIck’s and shot himself in the ball department.”

  4. Love Figliuzzi!

  5. It’s important to note that when people were warning about Russian interference 2 years ago we were called crazy and told Hillary was simply a “bad csndidate who just didn’t go to Wisconsin” 🙄 but we knew better… When tf will they listen?

  6. They are holding hands, patting each other on the back… it looks rather silly and it is telling. You know who ‘they’ are.

  7. This makes me very sad.

    • They didn’t want to hear it. The media was so thrilled with their exciting soap opera, and were so gleeful about looking for something scandalous in emails, that they didn’t want to hear about anything substantive. It was the biggest media failure in American history, and it was essentially deliberate. The media never cares about real issues during campaigns, but this went beyond their usual malpractice and Republican bias, toward actual criminal negligence. Hillary is bravely standing up there and telling people what is really happening, and no one wanted to listen to her, because the right wing had demonized her for 25 years; the left wing hates every mainstream Democrat; and the media didn’t want to discuss what she was saying, just her tone of voice while saying it, whether she coughed, and whether someone might give them some more of her or her campaign manager’s emails to slaver over. Just think, if they had covered all of this, and if Hillary had won, we would not have had all this trauma–but then again the media would not be getting the ratings, so maybe this is the way they preferred it all along. Sleepless nights mean more channels turned on.

      • I like to see two things in a media person in this day and age, in addition to the rest of the journalistic idealism. 1) tech literate and 2) law literate and use those skills without hesitation. I don’t want some liberal arts, writing project college dropout (looking at you Chucky) getting the job anymore.

  8. William,

    You hit the nail on the head! Frankly, I find the media every bit as guilty of aiding and abetting Putin in his efforts to put trump in the WH as the Russians..

    The media is still exhibiting a blatant double standard and desire to “bring down the strong woman”. Ironically, Nancy Pelosi who did not support Hillary when she ran against Obama is getting a taste of what it’s like being undermined by the media and her male counterparts. Recently, in the NYT’s reporting of Nancy Pelosi’s chances to become Speaker, they focused totally on the 13 who sent a letter stating they did not want her to be the Speaker of the House, despite her key role in the dem”s victory in the House. These same men did not go after Schumer or any male in leadership positions (even though Schumer was not as successful in the Senate as Nancy was in the House. Also, she won more votes for her nomination than Paul Ryan did when he ran and I don’t recall the NYT’s undercutting him!

    The beat goes on and the media has proven to be a big part of the problem and NOT the solution, as is intended of the Fourth Estate. They’ve learned nothing when it comes to women being covered the same as the men, when clearly they have been proven wrong every time they turn a blind eye to men like trump and sanders, while consistently attacking women who dared compete in the same arena.

    • FWIW, I don’t read the NYT anymore. I’m a WaPo reader. And I don’t watch cable news. I listen to *some* MSNBC. I read a lot of twitter journalists and follow New Yorker and Atlantic writers. Also, some subject matter experts in law, intelligence and non-democratic governments.
      I’m not being snooty. Just trying to go where the real signal is. Reading crap in the NYT that adds nothing to my overall mental image of what is going on is both a waste of time and infuriating.

  9. RD,

    I agree with your assessment of the NYT and like you, I, too, look elsewhere for news from those entities which still believe in being the Fourth Estate as the Founders intended.

    Unfortunately, many people do read the NYT to get the news for the day and I have found it helpful to know from where these people are forming their opinions about the latest issues and/or scandals coming from trump and his administration. It really helps me know which politician to listen to and which to ignore, as well as how to respond and/or deal with people who choose not to pursue truth but are only in news which tells them what they want to hear and the truth be damned.

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